Maximum number of wireless clients?

Ben Greear greearb at
Tue Jul 7 12:51:38 EDT 2015

On 07/07/2015 09:18 AM, linuxthefish wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm designing a free WiFi access point, and would like to know what
> the typical limiting factors are for hostap in Linux ARM using a
> Raspberry PI. Using OpenWRT on a consumer router i've had over 40
> users on one hotspot, and this worked out great.
> Wireless card: AR9271

Likely the limit is no more than 16 or so with this NIC, assuming
it is USB based.

You need a mini-pci (or pci-e) NIC to use large numbers of stations due to
RAM limitation on the USB dongle.


> Thanks!
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Ben Greear <greearb at>
Candela Technologies Inc

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